It’s Labor Day here in the US, so no work for me (and many other people) today! It was nice to have time to just lounge and relax and lie on the couch. It was also nice to have time to play violin. I haven’t been able to play nearly as much as I would like to since I started working. If violin was my only hobby, I could probably manage to play every day. But, as I’m sure you know, I have other hobbies/things that I do: knitting and crocheting, studying Russian, writing. Violin can be hard to squeeze in there.

Writing is my priority right now because I want to get some decent manuscripts written and edited so I can send some stuff out maybe someday appear in print. Still, it’s not really possible to write all the time. I’d get too burned out and probably need to take months off and then never get anything done. Hence, my other hobbies like doing crafts while watching Russian videos. (I made an entire afghan that way and it was awesome.)

When I played today, I worked on the Beethoven violin concerto. (I’ve embedded one of my favorite videos of it below.) That was after I worked on scales for a while, of course. Back when I was younger, I used to think once you reached a certain level, you just didn’t need to do scales anymore. That isn’t the case. It’s so not true. I’ve read blogs by professional musicians and yes, they still do scales. So, to any young musicians out there, you’d better learn to love (or at least tolerate!) your scales, because you’ll be doing them for a while.

It’s all okay, though, because eventually all that work comes together beautifully and you can play Beethoven. And Beethoven is awesome, end of story.🙂